Our last RW lunch was today at Domani at 1:30. It was a beautiful day and we had a perfect table in front of the big front windows open to the sunny sidewalk. The menu had a nice selection, with I think three appetizers, four entrees, and two desserts. At first I thought the menu was a little simple of the salad/soup/pizza/pasta/sandwich variety, but it turned out to be another good RW choice.
I know people have their negatives about RW, but I have to say that weve never had a bad meal, although we mainly do lunches and I try to pick very carefully. Our only negative (as I wouldnt go again) was last years RW lunch at Via Matta, only because I thought the menu didnt show much creativity and struck me as trying to get their "$20.00's worth", so we ended up ordering off the regular lunch menu (which was good).
Anyways, at Domani I started with the gazpacho presented as a shallow bowl with three small yet tasty shrimp scattered with watermelon cubes. Our waiter then poured a chilled, slightly spicy tomato soup over it. Light, refreshing, a less vegetal gazpacho than Im used to. I told my husband it reminded me more of a Bloody Mary soup that Ive made (which isnt a bad thing). He started with the frittata with heirloom tomato salad. The quality of tomatos was high, as they should be, the two wedges of frittata were fine, a little bland. Next, I had two mini-Kobe beef burgers with excellent fries. Yum these were great. The house-made mini hamburger buns were wonderful, and the perfectly medium-rare (for such a small size) burgers were served with garnishes of sliced tomato, purple onion rings, and a sun-dried tomato aioli with a nice kick from chili pepper (when I commented on it, one of the waiters mentioned that he gets extra to dip his fries in it so, well, you know what I asked for next .). Es chicken panini with fries was also very good juicy grilled marinated chicken with goat cheese on more excellent bread made in-house (maybe ciabatta?). We were both full so actually just split one of the offered desserts (the other was poached fruit with sorbet, I think) a slice of pound cake with fresh raspberries and ginger ice cream. Other RW items was a pasta Amatriciana dish and a margarita pizza. We checked out the dinner men, which had some interesting sounding dishes on it, including two pizzas that caught my eye the lobster, corn and leek; and the foie gras and walnut tapenade I think?. (I also have to add that the tarragon gimlet to start was very nice, as was the glass of pinot grigio our waiter picked out for me).
Stopped at the Boston Public Market on the way back and picked up some olive oil from the Herb Lyceum, some heirloom tomatoes (Valencia, Moskovitch, Purple Cherokee), corn, and my favorite stand - Smiling Hill Farm - for some cheddar, Tuscan herbed curd, Bravura, and their flavored milks (Orange Creme, Coffee, and Blueberry today). Now I'll have to work overtime tomorrow to make up for this food-filled day....